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Alexius' first encounter with the armies of the First Crusade was with Hugh of Vermandois, the younger son of the French king.  He crossed the Adriatic from Bari in the month of October and his comparatively small fleet was nearly destroyed in a unbeknownst seasonal storm of which Hugh had not anticipated.  Emperor  Alexius felt obligated to send a rescue party to bring what was left of Hugh's army to the capital.

Hugh was followed by Godfrey of Boullion, who arrived in December, and proceeded to fall into conflict with Alexius upon arrival. The problem was partly the bad behavior of Godfrey's men, but the underlying issue was an oath of loyalty that Alexius demanded the Franks take before going on into Asia Minor.

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